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Voice actress and singer Nana Mizuki will sing the theme song “Kiseki no Melodia” for Sega’s upcoming RPG Shining Ark for the PSP. The game is the latest in Sega’s Shining series. The game centers around a young man named Fried and a girl named Panis, voiced by Hiroshi Kamiya and Houko Kuwashima (Slayers Try’s Fillia, Shining Hearts -Shiawase no Pan-‘s Kaguya) respectively.

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Story

The story is about a boy named Freed who meets an angel-like girl named Panis.Freed lives in Arcadia, a faraway island natural beauty with ancient ruins. One day Freed sees a mysterious girl with one black wing. Panis has an innocent personality and the miraculous power to gather animals when she sings. Amazed, the islanders begin to call Panis an “angel.” However, when the moon shines the sky turns red and a gigantic thing is drawn towards her…

Gameplay

Shining Ark uses an active & command battle system for monster battles. You can move around the battlefield, guard, dash, and if you’re close to an enemy you can attack using one of your character’s commands. Each character has their own attacks and you can bring four party members into battle. Panis has a unique battle system that Sega will explain later on. When you’re not defending the village from…

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Casual Mode: A New Trend in RPGs

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Siliconera has an article today about a new feature in Sega’s RPG, Shining Ark: casual mode. We’ve already seen this implemented in the recently released, Fire Emblem: Awakening, and Atlus’ upcoming title, Shin Megami Tensei IV, introduces a system that allows you to revive your party.

There was a lot of debate among purists before Fire Emblem: Awakening was released about how this mode might water down the gameplay. However, it turned out that that was hardly the case and as always, casual mode is an entirely optional feature. It’s fair to say that going forward more RPGs will include this mode (or some iteration of it) to attract more people. I’m all for it if it means that the genre can experience a renaissance of sorts.

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PSP-3000 says it’s still around: Core Pack goes for $99 at Amazon

It is time for the PSP price to be cut down

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The PSP may be nearly 8 years old and succeeded by the Vita, but we’re not turning our noses up at the PSP-3000 Core Pack going for $99 at Amazon. That’s a meaty $30 off the regular price, and excellent value for a handheld with an extensive library – one that’s still growing, by the way.

The Core Pack is just a fancy name for the base unit plus adapter and battery, so don’t expect any games bundled in. Its color is as above, which is apparently “Piano Black.”

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